Have you ever known someone who just wears you out emotionally….for me, the most tiresome thing is a negative attitude. I don’t know what to say to that person who can’t seem to find anything to be joyful about. Well, even if they could see a positive, bright side of things, once in a while, now that would be nice. You know, if being joyful is just too over the top.
I think I’ve always been a pretty positive person, but once in a while, I would get in a rut. A couple of years ago, at the suggestion of a friend, I started to write down the things that I had to be thankful for, in a list form. When I was in one of those down in the dumps moods, she suggested that I take it out and read it. When you’re down it’s sometimes hard to see any good. The list helped to remind me, that I am blessed and have a great deal to be thankful for. It really works! It’s hard to stay negative when you have all of this good staring you in the face. Plus, the fact that you’ve already acknowledged that they are blessings, makes it pretty hard to discount them.
There are still those things that are not perfect, the things that I wish were different, but I choose to focus on the good. I know, that the not so perfect things, are just as they are supposed to be, at that moment, because nothing happens on accident in God’s world. So I do my best to leave those things in God’s hands. Yes, sometimes I take them back for a bit, and worry, but eventually I will give them back to Him. My Gratitude list has kept my attitude in check. I enjoy having an attitude of gratidute. The other day, I was looking forward to November so I could document something new each day until Thanksgiving. (Sorry I know some of you are saying, don’t rush it!)
Today, I suggested the gratitude list to ”Ms Negativity”, she listened and said there wasn’t much to be greatful for in her life. I suggested she try, because she did wake up this morning! She smiled and I had some hope. I planted the seed in her mind, that it could work for her. I hope that it’s in fertile soil!